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What's the most convincing thing that could happen to convince a small group of people holding bigoted views that those views are indeed blessed and chosen by God? Severe Solar Storm These are a people who mostly live apart and only go into town when necessary. They shun technology. They are rather like the Amish. When a massive solar storm severely ...


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Historically speaking this question is entirely backwards, as in, totally, completely divorced from historical reality. People do not need convincing that foreigners are immoral lecherous untrustworthy thieves. Everybody knows that all foreigners are utterly depraved effeminated worthless tricksters who would steal your horse given the slightest chance. Note ...


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Sodom and Gomorrah God has already demonstrated his prejudice pretty convincingly according to the Bible. In Ezekiel 16:48–50, God compares Jerusalem to Sodom, saying "Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters." He explains that the sin of Sodom was that "thy sister, Sodom, pride, ...


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Cherry-picking correlation with natural disasters. For example; here is a map of smoke over America at the exact moment you asked your question: And here is a The Guardians map of Rascism in America, based on racial slurs used in tweets after Obama got re-elected. Conclusion, God blocks racists from damage in bushfires / wildfires. God is keeping your air ...


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Perhaps a mythology like this would help explain the worship of the evil god: The Goddess creates the world and all animals including people. But people so created are as animals, naked, eating what worms and roots they can gather. The Goddess is pleased with her pure world, free of moral dilemma. The God, when the goddess is away from her creation, walks ...


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You want the evil god to do his evil on someone else You want to avoid war, thieves, and all the plagues the evil god loves unleashing on unsuspecting humans. You also want his wife (good god) to bless you with lots of crops, children, and riches. The narcissistic, evil god loves being fawned over The evil god is not going to do anything to hurt his ass-...


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Yin and Yang: The principles of yin and yang, at their ideal, are that all things in the universe consist of opposites in balance. Life without death is cancer. Death without life is barren. Light is warm but burns and destroys. Darkness without light is a cold void. Mercy without vengeance is exploited. Vengeance without mercy is cruelty. Further, these two ...


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Like Alexander said, perhaps the 'evil' god still needs to be placated and satisfied, in order to avoid their wrath. Others may even see worshipers of the evil god as heroes, making sure that this god doesn't wreak havoc. You can also change 'good' and 'evil' to order and chaos. Chaos isn't necessarily evil, order isn't necessarily good. You could also ...


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Assuming he has children with all available members of his cult at the start, the entire world being descended from him is almost inevidable in time. The bigger problem is conversion and keeping his desendants beliefs. Since you can only be a true member by birth, his cult will have trouble attracting new members, and eventually, even having the beliefs ...


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Assuming you're not raided by the cops, 80 years to the dominant religion. Assuming your cult is comfortable breaking these taboos: Hebephilia Cloning of embryos (splitting them) Asexual reproduction Basically every human right You could overtake Catholicism as the dominant religion within 80 years. Simulation in C++. This is based on an answer I gave to ...


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You can take a page out of these monsters book: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/health/sperm-donors-fraud-doctors.html These doctors at fertility clinics used their own sperm instead of the selected donor sperm. For example: According to the Dutch Donor Child Foundation, DNA testing has confirmed that a fertility specialist, Dr. Jan Karbaat, fathered 56 ...


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Life expectancy is high and mortality low. You need to have people procreating as much as possible (I am not covering how you are going to get resources to feed all the cult members). The cult can set a religious festival which main purpose is to have as many as possible women pregnant. This could be a 2 weeks festival during which it is considered good deed ...


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Frame challenge: if "everyone is healthy and happy and have everything they could possibly want" then they don't want to know what's on the other side, because that would be knowledge they want and don't have, which can't happen in the heaven your gods built. Just build the walls. Tell people heaven ends there. Let your gods' "happy and ...


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Looking at it as a scyfy fan, you can: -Place every heaven in the inner side of a cigarette shaped spaceship, spinning to simulate gravity and full of clouds/fog to hide the true shape of heaven for its inhabitants; -Place heavens orbiting venus in the height where the temperature is similar to earth, maybe as a floating island in a bigger glass sphere to ...


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All you need is a smoke machine and faith Each "zone" is walled off with a pleasant swirling white fog and/or clouds some miles thick and arbitrarily high. I don't know what sort of things you have in your various heavens to determine exactly how much distance you'd need to be unable to hear neighboring ones, but if your gods can make a heaven ...


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Pocket Universes The Gods already interact with our entire universe as a pocket dimension, able to see all of it from their game-board vantagepoint. Heaven(s) and Hell(s) are much the same, but smaller. The difference is that where our universe is a vast thing covering most of the board, the rest are something like bubble-wrap or froth around the edges. From ...


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There are walls. Big hulking solid mason walls. On top of these walls are angelic guards. (The walls are wide enough that a different set of guards are visible from each side) The faithful are told that on the other side of these walls lies Hell. Anybody who questions this is questioning GOD! If anybody hears harp music or hallelujahs these are just ...


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There are no walls because none are needed. Heaven is pretty big and it is practically empty, so the odds of a wanderer from one belief's village encountering those of any other village are infinitesimally small. Let's explore the two ideas which make this answer work... Heaven is pretty big. We've been told that the entire solar system is a game board ...


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While there are no extra dimension, the borders of each Heaven are (beautifully) hard to get through. Towering mountains, thickets of exquisite roses, winding paths that artfully lead back to the center without being obvious about it, perhaps in mazes, etc. The souls are given metaphysical explanations for these: the mountains have angelic or otherwise ...


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The strongest barriers are in the mind Here is the deal the gods struck with each other. They must all be into this together for it to work of course. Each religious group member receives on arrival beautiful robes. Each group has a different color: Buddhists get orange, Christians get white, Muslims green, Hindus red, and so on. They will all live in the ...


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Each province of Heaven is raised on a huge plateau of continental proportions many tens of thousands of feet high with vertical cliffs falling into surrounding waters of the firmament. The atmosphere is pressurised so that the pressure on the plateau is exactly 1 atmosphere. Consequently the atmospheric pressure at sea level is very high. There is no way ...


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The border between each heaven is a huge abyss. You can't see another heaven from the edge even if you climb a high place. That abyss stretching between all heavens like border lines is incidentally hell, and if you fall into it you won't be able to climb back. This should keep curious heaveners away from the edge. Those curious enough to go down won't be ...


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This answer was written before Chasly added the clarification that everything we see outside our solar system is fake. From that moment, my answer became a frame challenge in that it is not necessary for anything outside the solar system to be fake at all. Earth is just one planet in an entire Universe, why isn't Heaven? Is heaven something less than mortal ...


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The very existence of Heaven is a miracle, so what's one more miracle? Each division or province of Heaven is infinite in extent. No matter how far you walk (or fly), or how fast, you can never reach the divide between your province and the next. Therefore you'd have no way to know there are other provinces (unless someone on the staff slips up). Now, in a ...


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The Language The Church of the Collective embraces all. This would lead to indicate that this church's magic should be more general. Even if a person can only have three values that define their magic, few in the Church of the Collective will have taken the time to truly master any one facet of magic. Alternative, there might be people that master single ...


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